- an orientation of an organism to an external stimulus, as light, especially by growth rather than by movement.
Origin of tropism
- variant of -tropy.
Origin of -tropism
Examples from the Web for tropism
Contemporary Examples of tropism
Still, Cuccinelli has shown his own tropism toward the kindness of strangers.The It Factor in Virginia’s Governor’s Race: Modernity
July 29, 2013
Historical Examples of tropism
The workers, on the other hand, who have to be in and out of the nest about their business, do not have this tropism.
The object of the tropism is to keep the males and females in the nest until swarming time, and then to get them out.
Driesch has found that a tropism underlies the arrangement of the skeleton in the pluteus larvae of the sea-urchin.Darwin and Modern Science
A.C. Seward and Others
As a type of human behavior it may be explained, like the attraction of the flame for the moth, as a sort of tropism.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
This may be a tropism (stereotropism) or it may be a mere surface tension phenomenon.The Organism as a Whole
- the response of an organism, esp a plant, to an external stimulus by growth in a direction determined by the stimulus
Word Origin for tropism
- indicating a tendency to turn or develop in response to a certain stimulusphototropism
Word Origin for -tropism
- The turning or bending movement of a living organism or part toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light, heat, or gravity.
- The growth or movement of a living organism or anatomical structure toward or away from an external stimulus, such as light, heat, or gravity. See also geotropism hydrotropism phototropism.